Seattle University’s College of Education online Master’s Degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers and our English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement are designed to provide professional educators with the invaluable skills and knowledge to support language acquisition and learning for K-12 students, as well as the ability to apply your new knowledge to classroom environments in real time. Your experience begins in our English Language Learner Endorsement Academy with a progression to the English Language Learner Master’s Degree.
Students speak over 100 languages at home in our Washington state schools. Districts need teachers who are knowledgeable and skilled in working with these students, and this degree and endorsement meets that critical need today. Whether you are currently enrolled and are seeking to add the endorsement or interested in our master’s program, our flexible online program supports your needs as working education professional and leader.
The Educating Non-Native English Speakers graduate program emphasizes a sociocultural approach to the needs of English language learners that will build your knowledge and skills in working with students, as well as your leadership skills in advocating for them in larger systems. Here's how you’ll be prepared to navigate and shape the educational policies that serve ELL students at school, district and state levels:
First you'll go online to obtain an ELL endorsement through our Professional Learning Office, allowing you to take advantage of a much lower credit hour rate. This year-long program of eight courses (taken for graduate credit) meets in virtual, synchronous sessions twice a week in the evenings, with additional asynchronous work required throughout the week. You'll get to know your fellow teachers and be able to use what you learn in the classroom in real time.
The additional 24 hours of graduate credits will also be offered online. You can complete this on your own schedule. It can be completed in one year if you take two classes per quarter. You also have the option of taking these courses over a longer period of time. Graduate courses are offered in an asynchronous online format.
Regular Internet access and a working computer that meets our minimum standards are required to take online courses at Seattle University.
Who Speak Spanish
Are Spoken in Washington State Schools
Serve Students From 50 or More Language Groups
Our ELL endorsement and master's program prepares you to deliver on a critical need in your role as an educator and instructional leader to support students from varying language backgrounds. Our program is:
Cost Effective: By combining our ELL endorsement program of 24 continuing education (CEU) credits with an additional 24 credits of graduate coursework, our nationally recognized College of Education provides you a degree that costs 25% less than our typical master’s programs.
Convenient: Access online classes from wherever you work or live.
Relevant: Provides you with one of the most sought-after endorsements in today's classrooms.
Comprehensive: Gives you the knowledge and skills to offer primary language acquisition support to pre-K-12, non-native English-speaking students.
Empowering: Prepares you to be a leader and critical thinker with a comprehensive understanding of leadership, multicultural competencies, ethics and social justice.
Learn more how we provide Washington state teachers, regardless of where they live, affordable preparation for the required WEST-E exam.
"Our program focuses on helping teachers to build their knowledge and skills in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. We challenge a lot of the assumptions that teachers may have about students that speak other languages and their cultural backgrounds, because these affect the way that we interact with ELL students."